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Softly the Night Is Sleeping

Author: E. A. Washburn Meter: D with refrain Appears in 18 hymnals Matching Instances: 18 First Line: Softly the night is sleeping on Bethlehem's peaceful hill Refrain First Line: Glory to God! it rings again


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[Softly the night is sleeping]

Composer: Massah Miksch Warner Appears in 4 hymnals Matching Instances: 3 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 54515 34532 23453 Used With Text: Softly The Night Is Sleeping
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[Softly the night is sleeping]

Appears in 1 hymnal Matching Instances: 1 Incipit: 55545 15333 54355 Used With Text: Softly the night is sleeping
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[Softly the night is falling]

Composer: Frank M. Davis Appears in 1 hymnal Matching Instances: 1 Used With Text: Hark to the Wondrous Music


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On Bethlehem's peaceful hill

Author: Edward A. Washburne Hymnal: Gloria in Excelsis #d10 (1914) First Line: Softly the night is sleeping [falling] on Refrain First Line: Glory to God Languages: English
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Hark to the wondrous music

Hymnal: The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #13 (1888) First Line: Softly the night is falling
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Softly the night is sleeping

Hymnal: Alleluia #31 (1916) Topics: Christ Nativity of Languages: English Tune Title: [Softly the night is sleeping]


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E. A. Washburn

1819 - 1881 Person Name: Edward Abiel Washburn Author of "Softly The Night Is Sleeping" in The Cyber Hymnal Washburn, Edward Abiel, D.D., was born April 16, 1819; graduated at Harvard, 1838; studied theology at Andover and New Haven, and entered the Congregational ministry. In 1844, having been ordained in the Protestant Episcopal Church, he became Rector of St. Paul's, Newburyport, Mass., where he remained till 1851. Spending 1851-52 in Europe, on his return he became Rector of St. John's, Hartford, 1853-62, and Professor of Church Polity in Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Connecticut; also Rector of St. Mark's, Philadelphia, 1862-65; and Calvary, New York, 1865-81. He died Feb. 2, 1881. His works include Social Law of God, 1874, and translations of Latin hymns. A selection from his poems was published in New York in 1881. Some of his translations are given in Schaff's Christ in Song, 1869, and other collections. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Massah M. Warner

1836 - 1900 Person Name: Massah Miksch Warner Composer of "[Softly the night is sleeping]" in The Cyber Hymnal


Person Name: Anon. Author of "Glory Be to God" in Pilot Hymns In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries.


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